PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 9, 2013 – With the final brackets set, state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams will welcome hundreds of young people and their supporters from across his district to the Cobbs Creek Recreation Center tomorrow, Aug. 10, for a final set of basketball games and a day filled with family-friendly fun.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter and members of the Sixers Flight Squad will be among those joining the senator in cheering on the players. The tournament tips off at 9 a.m. with the first set of semi-finals.

The 2013 Summer of Peace Basketball Tournament drew teams from recreation centers across the 8th District and saw boys and girls in 12-and-under, 14-and-under and 16-and-under categories compete for bragging rights for eight weeks.

Between games, students participated in workshops focusing on everything from conflict resolution to goal setting. Those not playing had the opportunity to center their attention on arts and craft activities as well as the workshop offerings.  Awards for the players and recognition for the volunteers and coaches will close out the day.

This event is one of several activities central to the anti-violence initiative Williams created in response to ongoing community dialogue about strengthening civic bonds and fighting crime.

WHO:  State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams

Mayor Michael A. Nutter

76ers Flight Squad members

Cross section of students and community members

WHAT:   Culmination of 2013 Summer of Peace Basketball Tournament

WHERE:  Cobbs Creek Recreation Center, 210 S. 63rd Street, Philadelphia

WHEN:  Saturday, Aug. 10

9 a.m. — Semi-final game, 12 and under

10:15 a.m. — Championship game, 12 and under

11:15 a.m. — Championship game, 14 and under

12:30 p.m. — Sixers Flight Squad flip show

1:15 p.m. — Championship game, 16 and under

3-point and foul shot contests

2:15 p.m. — Awards ceremony


EDITORS: Sen. Williams and Mayor Nutter are expected to be at the venue at 12:30 p.m..

Media coverage welcome